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TWIC 2017 Spring Conference: Farming and Biodiversity in Scotland – An Essential Partnership

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TWIC 2017 Spring Conference: Farming and Biodiversity in Scotland – An Essential Partnership

Caledonian Conservation Ltd is proud to sponsor The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC) 2017 Spring Conference, to be held in Musselburgh on 29th April.  The topic, Farming and Biodiversity, is always important but is brought in to sharper focus with the uncertainty created by Brexit.

Farming and biodiversity are an essential partnership – farming cannot succeed without the ecosystem services necessary to support it, such as pollination (by wild solitary bees, bumblebees, beetles, flies, butterflies and moths as well as domesticated honey bees), soil creation and recycling (by a variety of worms, springtails, symphylans, fungi – the list goes on!), clean water and natural pest control.  Farming can also offer excellent opportunities to support biodiversity, for example birds (breeding habitat for farmland bird species, nesting opportunities for owls, foraging habitat for raptors and owls), mammals (foraging and roosting opportunities for bats), reptiles (hibernation sites in walls and foraging opportunities in field margins), amphibians (ponds and a mix of farmland habitats can be excellent for great crested newts), invertebrates and plants.

Reflecting this, the conference has a superb and varied programme with talks on soil communities (by Dr Tim Daniell of University of Sheffield / The James Hutton Institute), grey partridge conservation (by Fiona Torrance of The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) and great crested newts (by Pete Minting of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust) amongst other topics.

Of course, members of the Caledonian Conservation Ltd team will also be at the conference, so it is an opportunity to learn more about the work we do.

The conference is free to attend, and includes a buffet lunch.

For more information on the programme and to book, visit the TWIC website.

We hope to see you there!

 

Free natural play workshops

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Free natural play workshops

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Doune Community Woodland group again this year to run more kids nature workshops over the summer holidays.

This year we are focussing on three areas that local parents though their children would be particularly interested in - trees, ponds and minibeasts. We are running seperate workshops for pre-school kids and primary school kids, and thanks to funding from Forestry Commission Scotland these are all free.

Anyone is welcome to attend these workshops, and you just need to book your free spaces via EventBrite - see attached poster for more information on how to book. The timetable is as follows:

 

Wed 3rd Aug: 

10:30 - plants/trees for pre-school kids

14:30 - pond dipping for primary aged kids

 

Thurs 4th Aug:

10:30 - pond-dipping for pre-school kids

14:30 - minibeasts for primary aged kids

 

Fri 5th Aug

10:30 - minibeasts for pre-school kids

14:30 - plants/trees for primary aged kids

 

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